Monday, February 1, 2010

Cardboard decorative letters - so cheap!!!


Here is a small project I made today with things I had just sitting around at home.  It cost me nothing!  Can you believe these cute letters are made out of cardboard?  My little girl's wall looks so cute!

Of course I'm going to tell you how to make your own!  Here we go.  You will need:
- Computer & printer ( to print out your letters)
- Glue stick
- Scissors
- Cardboard
- Exacto knife
- Pretty scrapbooking paper
- Ribbons and buttons for embelishment
- and of course... glue gun!

- Print out the letters of the name you are going to make.  Choose a font you like and a size that is right for you. Cut them out.

- Make sure you tape them to the cardboard so you can trace it easier.

 
- I made a point to trace with a contrasting color

  
- Use an exacto knife and be patient!  This is the boring part.

  
- Pick out the paper you would like to use for each of your letters.

  
- Make sure your letters are right side on the paper.  Use your glue stick and glue the letters to your paper, then trace a big border around it.  You want a lot of space so you have enough to fold it over your letter.

  
- As you cut your paper, it helps to cut it in small pieces, it makes it easier to fold it over and glue it to your letter.  See my N?  I should have left more room when I cut the paper... so, don't make the same mistake!

  
- Here is the finished product.  From this point just use your creativity and embellish your letters however you like.

 
Here is my end result!  Isn't it cute?  On the wall in her room no one could say I made it out of an old box in my garage!  I love it!


 

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  4. I really love this. I may have to make osmething for my kitchen. I have a 4 day weekend with the kids. We may make it a group thing. Thank you

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  5. your letters came out so cute. it really looks much nicer than just some cardboard. way to go.

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  6. Great idea! I am going to have to make these with my activity day girls (group of 12 year old girls).

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  7. I've been wanting to do this in my daughters room, but didn't want to spend the $3 each for the letters at Jo-Anns . . . and I didn't like their basic font. I wanted something more fun. Now I can use your idea and pick whatever font I want! Thank you for sharing this!

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  8. WOW! Those turned out fabulous! Love it!

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  9. How did you end up hanging these on the wall?

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  10. HAHAHA!!! You're going to make me tell you how I put these up? I used sticky tack! (Don't you judge me... it's working out just fine!) :) I'm sure you could use something more permanent, though.

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  11. I am LoVing these!! Sooo CuTe! I would LoVe to feature them on my blog...if it's ok with you! Let me know what ya think!

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  12. Cardboard?!? Are you kidding! I thought those paper mache ones were the cheapest way to go for letters! Thanks for sharing, I might just have to see what I can do. I have lots of boxes from our recent move! Thanks for sharing:)

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  13. I love this idea. I always love to be able to use things I already have in my house! You can't even tell that they are ordinary cardboard! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. I Love these! I just wish we had chosen shorter names for our girls! Will probably make them anyway. Thanks!

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  15. Those are so cute! I wish I would have seen this post before I bought wood letters for all of my boys.
    Kaysi
    Keeping It Simple

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  16. LOVE this! I think I may do a boy version for my son's room! Or maybe a sports one for my sister's baby! So many possibilities! Great job!

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  17. LOVE this idea! So simple and easy, even I can do it!

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  18. I love this idea, talk about Recycling!

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  19. Thanks! You were my inspiration:
    http://savegreenbeinggreen.blogspot.com/2010/02/130-decorative-letters.html

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  20. wow...very inspiring :)
    thanks for sharing...

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  21. ohhhhhhhhhhhh very well, i love this idea!!!

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  22. Ohhhhhh i love this idea!

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  23. awesome, will totally try this for my daughters room! thanks!

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  24. I just did this is my son's room...used blue and white and brown paper with little wooden stickers of footballs and baseball gloves. Came out super cute! Thanks for the post!

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  25. LOVE this! Was just trying to find an easy template for cutting out felt for a superhero party.. i am going to make my own alphabete!

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  26. I absolutely love this tutorial, and it wasn't long before I made my own! Thanks so much, my daughter loves it! <3

    My Cardboard Decorative Letters can be seen here: http://deerelora.blogspot.com/2011/03/march-break-spring-clean-crafty.html

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  27. We are making large "just married" letters that we'll attached to ground stakes. Should make for memorable + fun pictures! Thank you so much for your tutorial - very helpful!

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  28. Very cute and looks so simple I am very excited to make it.

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  29. I used magazine as the background.

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  30. Hi there what font did you use... thanks sooo cute im going to dr my daughters bedroom

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